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Arkansas Secretary of State
Find your voter registration information on the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Voter View website.

Garland County Clerk
Voter registration, absentee ballots and early voting ballots.

Garland County Election Commission
Maps, voting locations, election dates.

View the sample ballot

Key election dates

Early voting dates and times:

• 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19-23.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24.

• 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26-30.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2.

Election Day is Nov. 3, and polling locations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 — General Election

Frequently asked question

Q: Who is eligible to vote?
A: Any person who:

  • Is a citizen of the United States.
  • Is at least 18 years of age before the election.
  • Has never been convicted of a felony.
  • Has a valid ID, and
  • Is registered to vote in his or her home county.
  • Is not presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to their ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Convicted felons cannot vote unless their sentence has been discharged or pardoned.
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Q: How old do I have to be to vote?
A: You must be at least 18 years by the election. You can register before you turn 18 if you will be 18 by the time you vote.
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Q: Which races will I be voting in?
A: It depends on where you live. The Secretary Of State allows you to look up your voter registration information to see which races you’ll be voting in.
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Q: What if I’m going to be out of town while polls are open?
A: You can vote by mail, using an absentee ballot, any time an election is to be held and you realize you will be unable to go to the polls. An absentee ballot may be obtained from the County Clerk’s Office, by mail, in person, or through a designated agent. Completed absentee ballots must reach the County Clerk’s Office by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day except in two instances. Military personnel and overseas citizens’ ballots may be counted if they are received within ten days after an election and postmarked no later than the day of the election.
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Q: When are the polls open on election day?
A: The polls on Election Day are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m
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Q: Do I need to bring identification if I want to vote? If so, what kind?
A: Voters must present identification. Any of the following forms of identification were deemed adequate in the voter ID law:

  • An Arkansas driver’s license
  • A photo identification card issued by the county
  • A concealed handgun carry license
  • A United States passport
  • An employee badge or identification document that’s been issued by the State of Arkansas, the federal government or a postsecondary educational institution.
  • A United States military identification document
  • A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas
  • A public assistance identification card

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    Q: What is a “runoff” election?
    A: If a candidate wins a clear majority of votes in an election, he wins. That’s at least half the votes cast plus one. If, however, no one gets a majority vote, state law requires a race between the two leading vote-getters.
    Note that there are no runoffs for federal elections. There are runoffs in party primaries for federal office, but not for the election itself.
    For instance, suppose three candidates enter the a party primary for U.S. Senate from Arkansas, and none win a clear majority. That party would have a runoff election for the nomination.
    However, if the general election for the U.S. Senate had a Democrat, a Republican and an independent candidate running, and none got a majority, the candidate with the most votes would be declared the winner.
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